Some of Irish photographer Jean Curran’s photographs drying in a darkroom in Dubai before they were taken to Mazar-e-Sharif to be hand painted by Mohammed Karin, using traditional Afghani techniques. Photograph: Jean Curran

In 2011, Waterford-born photographic artist Jean Curran first began exploring hand-painted portraits in Afghanistan. During her research, she came (...)

Kiev protesters: Sakwa maintains Vladimir Putin is the most pro-European leader of Russia ever. Photograph: Vladislav Sodel

When the first World War broke out Pope Benedict XV declared it the suicide of Europe. But Europe survived and was reborn, albeit after two World W(...)

The Taliban raided the site in Bala Murghab district in Badghis province, north-western Afghanistan.

Nine border guards have been killed after the Taliban stormed a police checkpoint in a north-western province of Afghanistan. The checkpoint in Badghi(...)

The chairman of the National Coalition Party Alexander Stubb speaking during a news conference at the party’s office in Helsinki yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/Jussi Nukari/Lehtikuva

As a self-made millionaire, Finland’s Juha Sipilä knows a thing or two about success in business. After leading his Centre Party to victory in Sunday(...)

Finnish Centre Party leader and likely next prime minister Juha Sipilä poses for a photograph with passersby in Helsinki while campaigning for Sunday’s parliamentary elections. Photograph: Antti Aimo-Koivisto/AFP/Getty Images

If selfies were votes, Finnish prime minister Alexander Stubb would sail back into office after Sunday’s general election. But as it stands, his Natio(...)

The trawler is the latest in a long line of fishing vessels believed to have been dragged by submarines in the Irish Sea.  Archive photograph of a fishing vessel: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The crew of an Ardglass-based fishing trawler escaped injury when their vessel was towed by a suspected submarine off the coast of Ireland on Wednesda(...)

Sanctions and oil-price hit Russians buy caviar at Disas supermarket in Lappeenranta. Where once they bought fashion, those who come now are buying groceries. Photograph: Derek Scally

Besides its stunning lakeside setting, a striking sight for visitors to the Finnish town of Lappeenranta is the road sign: 220km to Helsinki, 200km to(...)

Syriza Party leader Alexis Tsipras: the Greeks have managed to pull off a remarkable trick. Photograph: Kostas Tsironis/Bloomberg

Trying to guess what happens next to Greece and its interminable negotiations with the EU amounts to an assessment of what runs out first: patience or(...)

Brent crude oil soared more than 4 per cent towards $59 a barrel on Thursday after Saudi Arabia and its Gulf Arab allies began a military operation in Yemen. Photo: Bloomberg

Brent crude oil soared more than 4 per cent towards $59 a barrel on Thursday after Saudi Arabia and its Gulf Arab allies began a military operation i(...)

Mr Putin has ordered the Russian Navy’s Northern Fleet and paratrooper units to go on full alert as part of snap military exercises in the Arctic. Photographer: Akos Stiller/Bloomberg

Russian president Vladimir Putin has ordered the Russian Navy’s Northern Fleet and paratrooper units to go on full alert as part of snap military exer(...)